Girl Scouts Warn Parents About Forced Hugs
The Girl Scouts of America has a holiday warning for parents: don’t insist your kids give hugs and kisses, even to relatives.
The non-profit says it teaches children that they owe someone physical affection for a gift or for doing something nice.
In a essay posted to its website in early November, the Girl Scouts say, “Holidays and family get-togethers are a time for yummy food, sweet traditions, funny stories, and lots and lots of love. But they could, without you even realizing it, also be a time when your daughter gets the wrong idea about consent and physical affection.”
Instead, the organization wants parents to offer kids other ways to show gratitude: like a smile or a high-five.
The Girl Scouts posted the message to Facebook earlier this month and nearly 7,000 people have shared it.